Who are they
*Listed in order of appearance
Friday, October 9th, 2020
Rey y sus Diamantes es un grupo musical que toca música Mexicana con temas nuevos propios de la agrupación Norteña, Cumbias, Corridos, y Zapateado.
De Temascalsingo, Estado de México a Madison, Wisconsin
Get your steel toe and squeeze your partner tight, we gonna dance tonight.
Follow their music: https://www.facebook.com/reysusdiamantes1
Saturday, October 10th, 2020
10 AM Danza: Ballet Folklorico de Maria Diaz
María Díaz has been a professional dancer for more than 25 years. She started dancing professionally in her early 20s with the Ballet Folklórico de México de Jesús Ávila. While in the Ballet, she traveled all over Europe, China, and Mexico performing in many beautiful and grand venues. After leaving the group she followed her dream of having her own Ballet Folklórico for local young dancers.
These young dancers are all school-age ranging from K to 12th grade, ages 5 years old to 18 years old. All are from local Madison area schools. All the dances performed are from different regions in Mexico from the northern state of Chihuahua all the way down to the most southern state of Chiapas. You will notice there are different types of dresses and outfits used in different regions, and in some of the northern regions of Mexico, you may also notice have a lot of European influence, including the music.
Learn about her dance team: https://www.facebook.com/Maria-Diaz-Ballet-Folklorico-1825205254473452/
Saturday 11 AM artists Collectivo Synapsis (en Español)
Moderator: Veronica Figueroa, (Painter and Muralist)
When I was fourteen years old, I was introduced to murals and 3D art at a local church in my native Puerto Rico. While I learned and painted, my love for art became an integral part of me. In 1994, I packed my suitcase and moved to Madison, WI. This realization led me to study Art. I received my Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Madison College. By then I had established myself in Madison, WI. I began to explore ideas that I could implement to provide my community with ways to express their concerns through collaborative art projects.
Artistic and creativity have always been the manifestation of everything that I do. I believe that creative expression empowers people and it can make a powerful contribution in their healing process.
I see art as a tool for healing, and a way to introduce people to new artistic experiences. Through my small Art Business, MVF Art and Design, I was contracted by DAMA (Dane Arts Mural Art) and there I met a fantastic group of artists who work to beautify Dane County, and create spaces for dialogue, community engagement, and violence prevention through mural making. I believe that we are all creative beings, and our own originality helps us survive and thrive.
Learn about her business here: MVF Art and Design and donations can be made here: Veronica
Evelyn Galindo, (Painter)
Evelyn Galindo is a Salvadoran artist living on the 89’ Meridian West, the geographic line connecting San Salvador, El Salvador, and Madison, Wisconsin. Galindo migrated to Madison in the 1980s as part of the diaspora of the most recent war and made her home in Wisconsin ever since.
Discover her work here: http://eagalindo.blogspot.com/
and follow her on IG!
Angelica Contreras, (Painter)
Contreras is a Latinx artist interested in exploring the relationships between identity, tradition, and pop culture, through its many layers, incorporating techniques like acrylic, oil, and collage into her pieces. Her work seeks to act as a bridge between various communities and cultures and thus reflecting on her own.
Contreras was born in Whittier, California, and moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco at an early age. She attended the University of Guadalajara, receiving a B.A. in art in 2008 and a Masters in Art Education in 2016. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Mexico and the U.S., including “What We Inherit: Remnants of Light and Space” at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. She is a member of Colectivo Synapsis a group of Latino artists that focus on social justice projects that impact communities in Southern Wisconsin. She currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, where she continues to create and showcase her art.
Visit www.angelicacontreras.net to see additional work.
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Richie Morales, (Muralist and Painter)
Richie Morales is originally from Guatemala, I am a self-taught painter who does not hesitate in my stroke. I explore the accident as a form of communion with the unknown and regularly reflect on the role of art in social justice. Since childhood, I have experimented with textures and materials while working in trades of wood and construction work. Now I integrate this knowledge in my painting. My life is marked by signs of socio-economical violence as well as with legacies of personal and community resilience.
To paint I investigate the present, the memory, and history because I am convinced that we can only heal that which we are willing to see. Painting has become my first language.
Art is for me the only space where light and darkness, the grotesque and beautiful, love and fear can integrate with each other to birth a fuller whole. And because of this, I keep painting.
You can see his art and purchase his art: https://bit.ly/356oHnF
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Rodrigo Carapia, (Pintor/Painter)
Rodrigo is a self-taught artist who originates from Mexico City. He first began with street art, which allowed him to experiment with his art on bigger scales. When he moved to the United States he began to perfect his art on canvas and paper. Once his brush touches the canvas the work he portrays becomes an epitome of his rich Mexa culture.
Now, as an artist Mr. Carapia uses his work as a form of self-expression and resistance through offering art workshops in schools, juvenile correctional centers, which has given the youth a form of expression and a sense of freedom. His work has also been donated to grassroots organizations that help the undocumented community- and workers unions. You might spot his art around Wisconsin in murals, restaurants, and in several showcases.
Follow his work here: https://www.instagram.com/rodri.art/
Donate to his work!
Saturday 2 PM Artist TalkBack in English
Moderator: Natalie Ergas
Natalie Ergas is a multiracial, mixed media artist and art educator living and working in Madison, WI. She creates custom, hand-cut collages through her practice— Native Essence Art. Her passion lies in capturing the spirit and essence of her subjects- using research, ethnography, and symbolism.
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and on Instagram!
Shadayra Kilfoy Flores, (Muralist)
“Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores is a Chicana painter/muralist/activist who began painting alongside her mother, muralist Sharon Kilfoy, at a very young age. As a teen and young adult, she formed her style and technique. In addition to teaching art at the University of Wisconsin’s College for Kids, Shadayra painted murals at Centro Hispano, Sherman Middle School, Restaurante Mar y Mar, Restaurante El Poblano, and many other locations in Madison.
She also painted murals / made mosaics in Guadalajara and Tepatitlan Mexico. Shadayra's style is a fresh landscape, her attention to detail of light and shadow speaks to how she cares for her subject and how each hue and line matters. Her art insects with the activism that she is a part of, her art speaks to the relationship of people and the land.
Shadayra was one of the lead artists for the powerful “Loved and Missed Everyday” mural/mosaic at the Social Justice Center commemorating young people in the Marquette Neighborhood lost through violence and was instrumental in giving voice to many young artists of color through the recent State Street murals.”
Araceli Contreras, (Visual artist digital)
Araceli Contreras is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist based in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin whose distinct work is defined by vibrant colors and fluid figures.
Her relationship with her own mental health and its origins in childhood are key themes in her personal work. Araceli uses playful qualities to encourage the nurturing of the inner-child in us as adults. Through her work, she binds the contrasting experiences of childhood and adulthood.
As a Mexican-American, Araceli uses her art practice as a tool to break down ignorance and hate against Latinx people. Some ways she currently does this is by co-hosting social justice art workshops and making work that speaks on immigrant rights.
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Julieta Alvarez, (Photographer) https://www.flickr.com/photos/soaringbird/sets/
Julieta is a Chicago transplant photographer, she as the marketing producer for Ratio enterprises she assisted emerging artists' promotion. Ratio Enterprises established itself as a presenter of underground live performances in Chicago of Latinx Alternative and Latino World music. She is a lover of nature and of #FoundHearts and contributes to our community with her art and neighborhood activism (SASY).
Follow her work here: https://www.instagram.com/soaringbird/
Jessica Pankratz, (Painter)
Jessica is a Nicaraguan-American artist born in Central Wisconsin. Jessica moved to Madison in 2004 with her son to complete a master’s degree in social work. She works with teens and families as a Clinical Supervisor at UW-Health.
Jessica is a self-taught artist whose primary mediums are watercolor, pen, and oil pastels. Drawing from her intuitive and energy healing gifts, her work has been described as enchanting, magical, otherworldly, and bold. Follow her on Instagram @inspiritartist
Saturday 6 PM Musical performance
Musicians: Golpe Tierra
The irresistible acoustic groove of Golpe Tierra bases its sound on the philosophy that, when we come together in music and dance to “beat the earth,” we are truly celebrating the act of community. Nick Moran, Juan Tomas Martinez, Tony Barba, and Richard Hildner make up this guerrilla-style ensemble, employing the traditional Afro-Peruvian guitar-bass-cajón set-up. The group embarks on a musical journey throughout Latin-America, flirting with blues, jazz, and shades of soul. This uniquely-presented original and traditional music is sure to get you out of your seat to dance!
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Saturday 8 PM Dancer performance
Natalia Hildner (Dancer)
Natalia Hildner is a world-renowned dancer. Taal (rhythm), Ang (movement), and Abhinaya (expression) - Natalia integrates the three elements of Kathak, a classical dance from North India, together with other global dance forms, to create new aesthetics from the stylistics of traditional techniques to the dynamism of contemporary themes. Rooted in a multicultural background and trained in a variety of international dance styles since childhood - Natalia has shared her art with audiences internationally such as Delhi, London, Puerto Rico, and more through performance, poetry, choreography, and teaching. Her inspiration continuously grows in dance's ability to transcend cultural barriers and as a means of raising awareness on social justice issues such as gender violence, interfaith harmony, racial justice, and more.
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Support the artist
LatinX Techno Set with DJ Queue
This is our last set of the nite.
Enjoy some Latinx beats of the likes of
Boombox Cartel: a Mexican Electronic duo based in Los Angeles
Dabow: an Argentinian dubstep producer
Novet: a Chicano rapper from Ohio
Hex Couger: an Electronic producer from Los Angeles
10 PM - LatinX Techno Set with DJ Queue (Live on WIMUJER YouTube & Twitch) Playlist on Spotify
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Sunday, October 11th
Sunday 10 AM Young Latina Artist speaks about her experience with art
Yosi Sanchez, (Young Latina Illustrator)
Yosi and her mother (Dulce Sanchez) talk about how they crowdfunded on Dulce's FB page to raise money through her daughter, Yosi's art, Yosi was able to raise money for her family (Spanish). Her family owns Paradise Island Ice Cream Shop on Monona Drive!
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Sunday 11 AM Music Makers performance
WYSO Music Makers, (Musical Grupo)
WYSO Music Makers was founded in 2007 to provide quality music lessons and performance opportunities to students whose families may not be able to afford this luxury. The program originally targeted third graders who are able to start lessons at a comparatively young age without being necessarily dependent on a parent-teacher.
Our objective is to support both the musical and overall development of young people, to the extent that they could choose to participate successfully through high school in either a public school performance group, summer gatherings, or in the WYSO program.
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Sunday 2 PM Art and the intersections of our Lives (English)
Moderator: Joe Maldonado is a lifelong learner, educator, and self analyzer. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI (Mil-Rican) he's lived in the Madison area for over 18 years. Joe has worked in youth development spaces for his entire career and currently serves as the Community Youth Development Program Manager for UW-Extension, as well as alder for the City of Fitchburg. He is a husband and father of two.
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And on IG!
Angie Trudell Vasquez, (Madison Poet Laurete)
Angela (Angie) C. Trudell Vasquez is a poet, writer, performer, and activist. A third and second-generation Mexican American from Iowa, she earned a BA from Drake University, where she was awarded a Ruth Lilly fellowship. She earned her MFA in creative writing in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), where she studied with Sherwin Bitsui, Joan Kane, and Santee Frazier. She is the author of the poetry chapbook In Light, Always Light (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2019).
Official website: www.angietrudellvasquez.com
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Araceli Esparza, (Poeta)
“To me, being a Latinx writer means to be able to catch fires, to bring forth something from labor and sweat, to have enough when there’s not a lot.” Araceli Esparza is a Latinx Poeta. MFA graduate from Hamline University, with strong migrant farmer roots, and recently published in the Astri(x) journal. She was also named 2015 Women to Watch by Brava Magazine.
Follow her work: Wisconsin Mujer
Donate to her work here!
Sirena Flores, (Muralist and Activist and Influencer)
Sirena Flores, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is Afro-Latina, is finishing up two murals next to Jackson’s on the 100 block of State Street in front of the Vom Fass oil and vinegar shop. She is studying sociology and political science and wants to become a policymaker and rework the system. Portrait painter, muralist.
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Maria Amalia, (Visual and Textile artist)
Maria Amalia holds a bachelor’s degree in General Art with a minor in Visual Communications from Judson University and an MFA in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having more than 12 years of experience working with craft communities in Latin America in product development, her art practice is built on a foundation that includes a commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship in the making, intellectual curiosity, and constant searching for authenticity and relevance.
For the past four years, Maria Amalia has been creating paper and textile objects that refer to memories of lived experiences. While constantly honing her ability to intelligently compose, Maria Amalia has developed a process for manipulating the wet pulp that allows her to work freely, creating marks and passages that evolve organically through a repetitive process of building an image with layered, ripped, painted, and collaged forms resulting in complex surfaces that carry rich color and texture passages.
Follow her work and sign up for her classes here:
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Sunday 4 PM "El arte de la gastronomia, Concineras Latinas"
The art of gastronomy, Concineras Latinas speak!
Moderator Dr. Beatriz Aguilar:
Dr. Beatriz Aguilar is a professor at Edgewood College, in Madison, WI, where she is the chair of the music department, the head of the Division of the arts, and she teaches courses related to general music education, early childhood music education, music, and cultural identity, cross-cultural communication, and piano. Dr. Aguilar has a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She received an MME and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of North Texas, where she also specialized in early childhood music education and was certified as Kodály music educator.
Dr. Aguilar has presented at various conferences throughout the US and Mexico. Dr. Aguilar published a collection of Hispanic songs and games, with a CD companion, and a website where the songs are organized in melodic, rhythm, structural, and extra-musical indexes. She is continuously collecting traditional Latin-American children’s songs and rhymes, analyzing their musical content and cultural context. Beatriz Aguilar has lived in the US for 23 years and is the mother of a 17-year-old boy, who she raised bilingual, bi-cultural, and eating very healthy food.
Follow here: Dr. Beatriz Aguilar
Estrella B. Chavez Galvan, (Food Lover, Cocinera)
Estrella was born in Mexico City, where she studied biology. Science and nature have a special place in her heart. However, food has always played a central role in her life. She learned to cook from her grandmother Julieta at a very early age, and nostalgia brings back her childhood memories, filled with the smell of fried garlic, tomatoes and peppers, and the hubbub of the nearby market.
She moved to the U.S. seven years ago; wanting to recreate the Mexican flavors she grew up with, Estrella started a journey to learn the art of pastry. Nowadays, making “pan de muerto” at home is a tradition that began her first “Día de muertos” in this country, and a way to preserve her roots.
Cooking is part of her identity and a way to share love, because for her: “A good meal not only nourishes the body but also comforts the spirit.”
Earlier this year, she started a blog to share some recipes with her friends and family, take a look and try some yourself at: https://letoilesucree.blogspot.com.
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Sujhey Beisser, (Personal Chef, Cocinera)
Sujhey Beisser is a Strategy & Development Officer for Park Bank in Madison where she has been working for 18 years, she is also the co-chair of their Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the Latino Professionals Association of Greater Madison. She serves on the board of directors for the Madison Public Market Foundation and Friends of PBS Wisconsin. She is the former board president of Centro Hispano of Dane County, on which she served for 10 years. Sujhey is the 2016 recipient of Centro’s Visionary Award and she was a nominee for the 2020 Athena Award.
Sujhey was born in Venezuela and moved to Madison in 2001 where she lives with her husband and two kids. Her passion for food, cooking, community, and culture led her to find her own food blog and personal chef business, Five Senses Palate, which is inspired by Latin flavors and local ingredients. As a personal chef, she offers in-home dinner experiences and cooking classes. She writes a monthly recipe column for The Capital City Hues and her recipes have been featured on BRAVA and Madison Magazine.
Website: www.fivesensespalate.com Social media: IG @5SensesPalate - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fivesensespalate
Support her here!
Leslie Serrano (Senior Innovation Chef, Cocinera)
Leslie studied Culinary Arts in Mexico City at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. She has been working as a Corporate Chef in the Food Industry for over a decade and her expertise and passion are in Mexican cuisine. Her hobby is being a crafter who loves to experiment with different techniques and most recently textile arts.
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Sunday 5:30 PM Dancer performance
Francis Medrano, (Dancer)
Francis Medrano is an internationally-toured professional dancer, choreographer, and creator & founder of Power Dance and Lundu Afrofit. His unique methods combine his Afro-Peruvian ancestral rhythms and his passion for fitness. Black Power dance combines Latin rhythms such as salsa, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, and Peruvian folk rhythms with a variety of basic aerobic steps.
These are easy to learn sequences of exercises that work core muscles on the body. Lundú Afrofit is an aerobic dance system to exercise the soul, the body, and the heart. It is inspired by Afro-Peruvian dance styles and music and other Afro Latin musical genres.
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Learn more about his work and dance along at:
7 PM Final performance and discussion
Angela Puerta, (Singer, artists)
(final performance and discussion)
Singer-songwriter originally from Colombia, Angela Puerta grew up in Ibague, Tolima, a city known as Colombia’s musical capital. Her musical heritage is full of African, and Indigenous influences that painted the path of most Colombian traditional music since Spanish colonization. From an early age, Angela started performing Rock-Pop music by Alanis Morrissette, Soda Estereo, Janis Joplin, The Cranberries, and Shakira.
After landing in Madison in the Fall of 2013, Angela Puerta obtained her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the UW-Madison in 2015. She has been working for the City of Madison as a City Planner while working on various music projects such as her solo project “Angela Puerta”, APamigos (a band for kids), and Grupo Candela.
Angela is a four-time MAMA award winner and Best of Madison 2019 and 2020 Latin Artist bronze and silver star.
Donate to her music!
Visit her page: https://www.angelapuertamusic.com/